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Created On11/28/2012
How long does it take before an expired domain is released to the public?
After a domain expires, the time period before the domain is released to the public varies depending on the registrar that manages the domain name. Please see below for a visual representation of a typical Domain Name Deletion cycle. 

If your domain was registered by WebMyStyle 

One of the registrars for domains registered by WebMyStyle is Tucows/OpenSRS. In February of 2006 Tucows/OpenSRS began retaining some expired names that, in the past, would have been deleted. They place advertising sites on the domains (they refer to this as their "Parking Program"), or list them in auctions. There are no strict rules or guidelines regarding which domains are retained and which are deleted, nor for how long a domain will be "parked" by Tucows/OpenSRS before it is deleted. 

For that reason we can no longer recommend waiting for a domain to be deleted and attempting to re-register it, as the domain may not be deleted for a long period of time, and is subject to possible sale to a third party. 

Domains that are "parked" or listed in auctions by Tucows/OpenSRS may still be retrievable, but additional Redemption Period fees must be paid. These fees** are imposed by the registrar, not WebMyStyle. Please contact us if you wish to retrieve a domain that is in Redemption Period or "parked" by Tucows/OpenSRS. ** Generally the fee is $80 plus the standard renewal fee.

Note: Tucows/OpenSRS cannot address your requests or questions directly. Please contact WebMyStyle for any information regarding domain names that we registered on your behalf.